An Introduction to the Patent Process, by David Leb

The patent process is a foundational aspect of United States and international innovation. It is a record-keeping system in place to protect the intellectual property of creators. In order to keep proper documentation of all patents, an inventor must go through a rigorous application procedure. The following list provides a few tips to consider when navigating a patent application.

1. As the adage states, “you have to spend money to make money.” The patent process is no exception. Be prepared to spend several hundred dollars on the application fee alone.

2. To speed up the process, be sure to do a thorough patent search to make sure your invention is an original idea. Some inventors opt to hire a professional agency to search for possible patent conflicts.

3. Seek the help of a qualified professional when creating the required drawings. This is an important part of the process and many applications are rejected on the basis of inadequate artwork.

David Leb, a former surf camp owner and proponent of zero-emission, renewable wave energy co-owns a patent for, an online trivia game system.